One day in Pula

One Day in Pula: An Unforgettable Adventure in the Heart of Istria

Morning in Pula: A Blend of Coffee and History

Sip Coffee at the Forum
Start your day the local way – with a fresh brew in hand at the Forum. This central square offers an ambient setting, giving you a panoramic view of Pula’s historic heart. Let the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans meld with tales of the Roman era, as the city begins to wake around you.

Coffe at forum: ~ 2 €

Piazza Foro - Forum Square Pula

Temple of Augustus
Just a short walk from the Forum, the Temple of Augustus awaits. Standing tall since the 1st century, this Roman temple is a remarkable testament to Pula’s architectural grandeur. Snap a photo, feel the weight of history, and marvel at the ancient craftsmanship.

Enterance to temple: ~1.5 €

Temple of Augustus

Arch of the Sergii
Further down, you’ll find the Arch of the Sergii, an ornate gateway built in the 1st century BC. The intricate carvings and symbolism behind this archway provide an insight into the lives and honors of the Sergii family.

Enterance: Free

Arch of the Sergii

City Market or Arena Pula?
Decisions, decisions! Here’s a crossroads that perfectly embodies Pula’s blend of everyday life and ancient grandeur. In one direction, you have the vibrant City Market, pulsating with energy. Immerse yourself in the lively banter, as locals hustle and haggle, offering fresh produce, aromatic spices, and handcrafted souvenirs. Feel the rhythm of Pula’s heart as you sample olives, cheese, and perhaps a sip of local rakija.

City Market Pula

On the other hand, just a stone’s throw away, stands the majestic Arena Pula. This ancient amphitheater, one of the best preserved in the world, seems to hum with the echoes of gladiators, roaring crowds, and centuries of history. Step inside, and for a moment, become a spectator of bygone eras, feeling the weight and wonder of Pula’s Roman past.

Arena Pula enterance: ~10 €

Pula Arena Amphiteatar view from the inside with details

Whichever path you choose, you’re not just sightseeing — you’re living Pula, absorbing its spirit and stories.

Zerostrasse Fortress Kastel
End your morning at Zerostrasse. Wander through underground tunnels, remnants of World War I, and make your way to the hilltop Fortress Kastel. Here, panoramic views of the azure Adriatic Sea await.

Zerostrasse enterance: ~6 €

Lunch Break: Croatian Delicacies to Refuel

Tavern Casa mia
Tavern Casa Mia is a celebrated culinary gem nestled within the captivating landscapes of Istria.

Pizzeria Jupiter
Craving pizza with a Mediterranean twist? Pizzeria Jupiter serves slices that ooze with flavor and cheese. Their wood-fired crust and unique toppings promise satisfaction.

Restaurant La Perla
Restaurant La Perla Pula is a newly opened culinary haven that began its journey in 2023. It stands out not only for its excellent cuisine but also for its dedication to creating a welcoming and warm ambiance.

If the culinary options mentioned so far haven’t quite whetted your appetite, fear not! Pula’s diverse and rich culinary scene has much more to offer. For a broader selection of gastronomic delights, be sure to explore our dedicated page, Where to Eat in Pula. This comprehensive guide is your key to unlocking the city’s best dining experiences, from hidden gems tucked away in narrow alleyways to luxurious restaurants with panoramic sea views. Whether you’re craving traditional Croatian cuisine, fresh seafood straight from the Adriatic, or international flavors, our guide ensures that every palate is catered for. So, if you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons during your stay in Pula, make ‘Where to Eat in Pula’ your go-to resource for all things delicious!

Afternoon: Sun, Sand, and Serenity

Fortuna Ice Cream
Before diving into Pula’s beaches, treat yourself to a scoop (or three!) at Fortuna. Their artisanal ice creams are a creamy delight, with flavors that sing the song of Istria.

King Petar Krešimir Park
A leisurely walk amidst lush greens sets the mood for the afternoon. This park is a haven of tranquility in the midst of the city.

Beach Hop: Valkane Beach & Valovine Beach
Pula’s coastline beckons! First, lay your towel at Valkane Beach, known for its clear waters and pebbly shores. After a refreshing dip, head over to the more secluded Valovine Beach. Let the gentle waves kiss your feet, and perhaps even indulge in a little beachside siesta.

End your day with a leisurely stroll along Lungomare, Pula’s iconic seaside promenade. As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of pink and orange, you’ll feel the magic of Pula wrap around you, promising memories that’ll last a lifetime.

There you have it! A day in Pula, filled with flavors, sights, and experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a beach lover, this ancient city has a piece of its heart waiting for you. So, when are you packing your bags?